MONDAY’S DFS NEWS NUGGETS
1. C.J. Anderson goes down with ankle injury
Anderson had a nice first half against the Chargers, thoroughly outplaying Ronnie Hillman (again) with 7-42-0 on the ground and one catch for 12 yards. He was going to have a big second half considering the Broncos were up 17-3 and ready to bleed the clock out. But then disaster for owners struck as Anderson was ruled out of the day at halftime due to an ankle injury. It doesn’t appear to be anything serious, but it’s a concern for a player who has been battling toe/ankle issues for much of his disappointing year. The Broncos host the Raiders in Week 14 and Ronnie Hillman costs $4700.
2. Chargers lose two more WRs to injury
In the first quarter, Dontrelle Inman was carted off with a scary neck injury following a helmet-to-helmet hit from Broncos S David Bruton. That left only Malcom Floyd (playing through a labrum tear), Stevie Johnson and Javontee Herndon as active wideouts. Then in the fourth quarter, Stevie left with a groin injury. Things are really unraveling for the Chargers, who were forced to bench 15th overall pick Melvin Gordon after two more fumbles – he now has six in 12 games.
Things could get really ugly for the Chargers next week at Arrowhead. If Stevie can’t go, it’ll likely be Floyd and Herndon as the starters with rookie Tyrell Williams getting a shot as well. Expect to see plenty of pass-game work for Antonio Gates, Danny Woodhead and Ladarius Green. That trio combined for 22 targets against the Broncos.
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins plays for first time since Week 2
Given how much time Seferian-Jenkins had missed, it wasn’t a surprise he was eased back into action Sunday. The mountainous tight end played on just 21-of-73 snaps and ran 14 pass routes. But what was encouraging was his usage – ASJ caught three passes for 31 yards on six targets. In other words, he was targeted on an outrageous 42.8 percent of his routes. That’s obviously unsustainable, but this is a really talented player that will remain very cheap and Jamies Winston clearly likes him. Remember Seferian-Jenkins went 5-110-2 against the Titans in Week 1 and he gets the gold standard of matchups in Week 14 (home vs. Saints).
4. David Johnson lives up to the hype
As expected, David Johnson is the real deal. The Cardinals were fully committed to him, giving him 24 touches and playing him on 70.6 percent of the snaps. Those numbers would have been even higher if the Cardinals weren’t smashing the Rams – Bruce Arians likely wanted to make sure Johnson would be fresh for Thursday’s game against the Vikings. Note that Chris Johnson averaged just 47.7 percent of the snaps and 18.3 touches per game before his injury. David Johnson is a far better player in every aspect, especially in the pass game where he often splits wide and can run all the routes. He’ll take an incredibly high floor into every game he plays going forward, starting with Thursday against Minnesota for a criminally low price of $4300.